Know Hope: The Abstract And The Very Real Film

This August, Tel Aviv-based artist Know Hope made his solo debut at Lazarides Rathbone with a new exhibition, The Abstract and The Very Real.
Addressing the human condition and its collective social existence through a series of unique works and a site-specific installation, the exhibition questions the ubiquitous notion of the "abstract and the very real", the weight and burden of which though universally apparent is often unidentifiable to most.

Appropriating found objects, vintage frames and old papers, Know Hope filled the exhibition with assemblages that visually embody abstract concepts of memory and temporality. Reclaimed materials will came together breaking free from the confines of canvas or frame, his archetypal character crawling from one to the next with the frames representing the empty spaces in our lives and our undying struggle to fill them.

Continuing his examination of the various things that stand between us – the borders, fences, flags and walls that dictate our lives – the artist draws parallels with the collective human condition, interpreting them as an emotional mechanism. The political implications of these objects are intended to trigger feelings of separation and our begrudging acceptance of such universally experienced forces of segregation within quotidian existence.

Greatcoat Films caught up with Know Hope in the run up to his show at Lazarides Gallery for this film.

Lemon Squeegee Print Exhibition

South London's Art Hub Studios invite you to an exhibition of fresh and original Screen Prints by Adrian Morris-Thomas, Luke Merryweather and Bob Motown. The Lemon Squeegee exhibition is part of the South London Art Map, a user-friendly guide to galleries in the South London area.

The show opens with a private view Friday 30th August, 6 — 9pm

All work will be on sale at affordable prices and direct from the artists.
OPEN at the weekends from Saturday 31 Aug until Sunday 8 September 12 - 5pm

CHAMPAGNE BUFFET on Saturday 7 September  2 - 6pm!

Art Hub Studios - 5-9 Creekside - Deptford - London - SE8 4SA

Library Paper 03 Launch at Goodhood

The Library Paper 03 issue launch will take place at Goodhood London, tonight Thursday 29th August, 6-8pm.

Free limited edition Library Paper x Goodhood hand printed tote bag with every Library Paper 03 purchase.

Contributors include:
Benjamin Critton Art Deptartment, Bureau Mirko Borsche, Daniel Calderwood, Dante Carlos, Department International, Eye Bodega, HelloMe, Hort, Jamie Coull, Justin Blyth, Kasper Florio, Ludvig Franzen, Present Perfect, Raphael Garnier, Totem, The Entente and The Rodina.

Drinks on them.

GOODHOOD - 41 Coronet Street - London - N1 6HD

White Collar Factory Murals in London

At the start of summer 2013, the White Collar Factory approached Fifth Wall with a bit of a challenge. They had two pretty impressive looking walls on Old St, London, that needed a bit of love.
They called on Ben Slow, Jim McElvaney and Best Ever to see if they were up for a challenge.

Filmed and Edited by Fifth Wall
Track - DrDr - All Night

Black, White and Red All Over Exhibition

A humorous and dark exploration of text based artwork, taking inspiration from the classic joke ‘What’s Black and White and Red All Over?’.

This comprehensive exhibition will explore text in a monochromatic setting, sometimes sinister, sometimes rude and always with a snarl.

Expect text as you’ve never seen it before.

Featuring: Hayden Kays, Tinsel Edwards, Mobstr, Greg Lamarche, Josie Morway, Jealous Inc and Jess Wilson.

PRIVATE VIEW : Friday 23rd August, 6pm-9pm
Jealous Gallery - 27 Park Road - London - N8 8TE

Join them for a beer! Full details on the Facebook event page here.

Artcrank London 2013

ARTCRANK LDN will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by UK artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for £30 each. Admission is free.

ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Since their 2007 debut in Minneapolis, they’ve held shows in bike-lovin’ cities like Portland, San Francisco, New York, Austin and Los Angeles. This will be their fourth show in London.

They’ll be keeping the crowds refreshed with beer by Dark Star Brewing and EPO coffee by Paniagua, courtesy of Look Mum No Hands.  Lezyne and Colorplan Papers are also kicking in to help them celebrate bikes and local artists. And they’re supporting Otesha Project UK, a nonprofit organization that uses cycling to empower young people from all backgrounds to take the lead in creating this change for themselves, their community and the wider world. Plus live screenprinting by Hit + Run


Dog Eared Films - 25-28 Field Street - London - WC1X9DA

#BOMBTHEBOX at Boxpark - Week 3

Building up hype, Bomb The Box finished week 3 last Sunday with Swedish graffiti artists Skil & Kaos. Due to lack of legal spaces to paint graffiti in Sweden (only one to be exact) the guys have learned to paint quickly and were super keen to paint live in London with complete freedom. Painting since the late 80's, their style is classic and 'old school.'

With 3 weeks left, this Sunday brings Dizer and Yome from France to take over the box. What was supposed to be the final week on the 8th with Wais and Trun fro Russia, will now include extra special guests to be announced on the day, as the TAD crew have not been granted the visa to come over.

Remaining dates:

Sun 25th Aug - Dizer & Yome VMD/TPK/UV (France)  
Sun 1st Sept - Zombie & Teach (UK)                                
Sun 8th Sept - Wais & Trun TAD (Russia) SPECIAL GUESTS

Bomb The Box takes place from Sunday 4th August 1-4pm and will run each Sunday for six weeks to Sunday 8th September. 

Photos: Karen Turner

OBEY Clothing London Sample Sale

This coming weekend the OBEY Clothing Sample Sale opens for the Bank Holiday in The Old Truman Brewery. They will be rammed to the gunnels with great pieces of Men's and Women's OBEY clothing and accessories.

Opening times:
Thursday 22nd August 17.00-20.00
Friday 23rd August 10.30-19.00
Saturday 24th August 10.30-19.00
Sunday 25th August 10.30-18.00

Head over to the Truman Brewery and say hello, and pick up a bargain... It's set to be their biggest Summer Sample Sale event they have ever had! See the location on the map below.

The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR

Spraying Bricks - Episode 10 - CONOR HARRINGTON

Irish born, East London based artist Conor Harrington is one of the most acclaimed artists of today. Fusing a mixture of historical and modern techniques Conor's large scale paintings are adored across the globe. Originally from Cork, Conor's early work was heavily influenced by graffiti and taking to the streets but as time has moved on he has developed and matured to one of the most respected artists and painters of our time with shows taken place in galleries such as Lazarides and Stolen Space in London stretching as far as to galleries in LA, New York and South Korea.

Spraying Bricks had been fortunate enough to have joined Conor in East Dulwich where they caught up with him painting this large mural prior to the Dulwich Art Fair. The mural depicts the scene of two men of power on opposing sides 'squaring up' as if ready to fight. The mural took Conor two days to complete and is still standing to see in the flesh.

Twitter & Instagram - @conorsaysboom

Aeon - Bogan In London Video

If you don't know what a bogan is, here's one of the best, doing Oz proud. Graffiti artist Aeon features in the July issue of VNA magazine rockin mullets, beerguts and bad tempers.

Issue 23 of VNA magazine is now available to buy online via their online webshop here.

AnyForty Vesus Volumes Preview Launch Party at Roktic

Fresh from celebrating 5 years of business with a hugely successful 3 month Boxpark pop up venture, London brand AnyForty aren’t wasting any time with what’s left of 2013 and have come crashing through the gates with a brand new collection entitled AnyForty Versus Volumes. Going against industry norm, they have decided to bin off the traditional seasonal drops, and in a brave move have created yearly AnyForty Volumes, split up into quarterly Chapter releases.

The first Chapter is set to be released on Wednesday August 28th, and to celebrate the new format, they have teamed up with cult Brick lane based store and their newest stockists Roktic, to throw a party that showcases each of the 7 artists involved in the new collection and there personal work. Artists involved are Sprinkes (Australia), Greg Mike (USA), Chris B Murray (USA), SPZero76 (UK), Nikki Farquaharson (UK), UltraFry (UK) and Iain Macarthur (UK).

Also on the evening, there will be live art from Bristol based street artist Keith Hopewell aka SPZero76, live beatbox performances by AnyForty family Hobbit & surprise guest friends with beers supplied by the lovely folks at Desperados. . Part exhibition, part gig, part party, part of you knows you’d be a fool if you miss out.

Roktic - 214 Brick Lane - London - E1 6SA
Thursday 15th August from 6pm

Footpatrol x Classic Material x Normski Capsule Collection

Classic Material celebrates the launch of its latest collaboration with legendary street style photographer Normski and central London sneaker boutique Footpatrol. A capsule collection of 5 limited edition t-shirts will be available in store from 16th August 2013 featuring era defining hip-hop icons of the late 80’s: De La Soul, Ice Cube, Guru, Eric B and Dr. Dre.

Classic Material celebrate the launch of this second collection and the opening of their Soho Pop-Up store on the evening of 15th August with refreshments provided by Celia beer.

DJs on the launch night are Mr Thing (BBE / Extended Players), Chris Read (BBE / Classic Material), Matman (DMC / Droppin Science), Nick Armitage (Classic Material / So Much Soul).

The series of five limited edition T-shirts will be available in-store and online from Footpatrol on Friday 16th August, priced at £30 each. Sizes range from S - XXL.

VNA 23 London Launch Party

VNA Magazine issue 23 is here with FAILE on the cover!

FAILE have hand-screen printing a special batch of magazines in their Brooklyn studio and to celebrate this, VNA will be launching the magazine in both New York and London. The limited edition copies will be split equally between both events and another 50 will be available through an online lottery, with all proceeds going to charity.

Please join them at Lazarides, Rathbone Place on 8th August to celebrate the release of the limited edition copies of VNA issue 23.

Doors open 6pm.
Screen-printed copies of the mag: £40
Regular copies: £5.99

Lazarides - 11 Rathbone Place, - London - W1T 1HR

Jack Stocker's Minimal Sneaker Study Exhibition

Jack Stocker is an 18 year old design student who has just finished a two year course at Worthing College studying Graphic Design, Textiles and Photography. In Photography Jack is strongly inspired by street photographer Markus Hartel. In Textiles, Peter Crawley and in Graphic Design the one that stuck out from many was Paul Huxley.

When studying in design subjects a huge aspect of the courses involve looking at other artists/designers work whether you like them or not, which is how these designs being held in the Exposure gallery came about. Jack has a huge interest in fashion and trainers which he often illustrates when designing, but this time it was a case of being unique. After analysing Paul Huxley’s basic shapes and how they work together he applied a similar technique with a series of original Nike trainers released before 2000. Jack took apart the basic elements of a trainer and illustrated it in the way he sees the trainer when you think about the idea of basic shapes used within.

These 6 framed pieces are one off signed pieces by the artist that are all available for sale. In September Jack goes on to take the Art Foundation Course held and Brighton and Hove City College for 1 year.

When: 9th August – 1st September | Between 18.30 & 20.30

Where: Exposure Gallery - 22-23 Little Portland Street - London - W1W 8BU

#BombtheBox @ Boxpark Shoreditch

Last Thursday a crowd gathered with anticipation around BOXPARK to watch renowned UK Graffiti Artist, Aroe spray 'Bomb The Box' on the shipping container outside Shoreditch High Street Station. Opening the live graffiti project that began over the weekend, the night featured an open art exhibition with work from the 6 graffiti crews involved, and music from Shorebitch DJ's.

#BombTheBox started on Sunday 4th August and will run each Sunday for six weeks. The 'box art' will stay for the entire week, until the next 2 artists take over the installation to 'Bomb The Box' the following Sunday.

Artists taking part in #Bombthebox include:
Sun 4th Aug - Aroe & Gary HA MSK UK
Sun 11th Aug - Sobek & Kcis Serbia
Sun 18th Aug - Skil & Kaos Sweden
Sun 25th Aug - Dizer & Yome VMD/TPK/UV France
Sun 1st Sept - Zombie & Teach UK
Sun 8th Sept - Wais & Trun TAD Russia

Video Credit: Created by the team at Fidgit Media
Photo credit: Jake Lewis of Wordplay Magazine

ABOVE "Timing Is Everthing' Stencil Piece in London

It took nearly 7+ months for Above searching the streets at night for a fixed shadow that was positioned perfectly against a wall. The break dancer stencil comes to life at night. I am attracted to the concept that the stencil and it's context can change literally from day to night. Timing is everything!
Shoreditch, London: 2013


ICARUS_13; The second instalment from The Hanger One Project follows on from the initial project featuring 45RPM and a Learjet, this time we had to up the game...and this attempt was certainly a game upper! Hit the full screen mode when watching the video below:
ICARUS_13 ft. SAT ONE & ROIDS from Hangfire on Vimeo.

Two graffiti heavy weights, going by the names of Sat One and Roids, stepped up to the challenge. Battling sleep deprivation, weather and the enormous size and scale of a Boeing 737, the two artists faced the fundamental task of working out the best way to paint a curved aluminium surface, in the wind and rain! After a few long periods of studying the confusing cylindrical shape it was time to get busy. The two artists worked day and night, fighting the weather for what seemed like a life-time, up and down on multiple pieces of access equipment, manoeuvring around the plane and the uncomfortable awareness of leaking hydraulic fluid, was not part of our 5-A-Day!

 HangFire would like to say thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the project. A special thanks goes out to Roids and Sat One for their resilience and determination, Gavin Strange for his enthusiastic approach and visual skills. Much love to 45RPM for you continued support.

Image via Hang Fire.